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SUMMER HEAT AFFECTS GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH

SUMMER HEAT AFFECTS GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH

How Does Hot Weather Impact GI Issues? Rising temps often influence the GI tract’s resilience and digestive ability. This might include loss of appetite in hot weather, dehydration symptoms, or a heat-related illness (such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion). Rising...

3 Tips to Help You Balance Work and IBD

3 Tips to Help You Balance Work and IBD

Maybe you are sick of making up excuses for missing work due to a flare. Or perhaps you are worried that if you leave early for one more “dentist appointment” (that is actually a gastroenterologist appointment), then you are going to get fired. Don’t lose hope. Let’s...

4 Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Your IBD

4 Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Your IBD

he best way to approach managing your IBD is to work closely with our doctor and treatment team to develop a plan of action. 1. Understand your IBD If you’re new to the world of IBD, you may be confused by all the acronyms and terminology that are used. Ask your...

Does Stress Cause IBS?

Does Stress Cause IBS?

Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been told that if they could just stop worrying, their IBS would be cured. While this is definitely NOT true, we are learning that stress and IBS symptoms may be linked in some very interesting ways. The gut-brain...

Best and Worst Exercises for IBS

Best and Worst Exercises for IBS

“No pain, no gain”, right? Not when it comes to exercise and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Daily movement is an important part of your IBS management plan, but not all types of exercise are going to be helpful. So before you go full force on a new workout regimen,...

 Acute Hepatic Porphyria

 Acute Hepatic Porphyria

What is AHP? Acute hepatic porphyria (AHP) refers to a family of rare genetic diseases that can lead to an increase in the production of pigments called porphyrins. Porphyrins are needed by the body to make many important substances, such as hemoglobin, which carries...

Ostomy

Ostomy

An ostomy bag is a pouch on the outside of the body that’s used to collect stool or urine. In this article, we are going to focus on living with a stool-collecting ostomy, with the most common types being colostomies and ileostomies. Living with an ostomy bag can...

Destin Gastroenterology

Destin Gastroenterology

Almost everyone has experienced the discomfort of constipation at one time or another. At its best, constipation is a frustrating and uncomfortable temporary setback. At its worst, constipation can cause various side effects that impact your body’s overall health....

Esophageal Spasms

Esophageal Spasms

What is an Esophageal Spasm? An esophageal spasm is an uncoordinated, unexpected contraction of the muscles in your esophagus. These spasms are considered a motility disorder that interrupts how food would typically move through the digestive tract. If you’ve...

PART II: MEN’S DIGESTIVE HEALTH

PART II: MEN’S DIGESTIVE HEALTH

There are times when it is important to acknowledge the differences between men and women. The female and male digestive systems are one example, understanding those differences is essential for managing optimal GI health. The Male Digestive System Three Things to...

PART I: WOMEN’S DIGESTIVE HEALTH

PART I: WOMEN’S DIGESTIVE HEALTH

There are times when it is important to acknowledge the differences between GI health in men and women. The male and female digestive systems are one example, understanding those differences is essential for managing optimal GI health. The Female Digestive System and...

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IBS AND IBD?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IBS AND IBD?

The terms IBS and IBD are often confused. They’re both chronic gastrointestinal disorders that have similar names and overlapping symptoms, but they are distinctly different. Both disorders can cause stomach pain and cramps, along with constipation,...